Projects Architecture

Elkhart County Correctional Complex

Elkhart, Indiana

DLZ services commenced to complete the architectural programming and prepare the Master Plan for a new, $187 million correctional complex located on an 80-acre site 2 miles south of Elkhart, Indiana. The correctional facility assessment study identified the need for 1,660 inmate beds. The correctional philosophy behind the design focuses on inmate programs aimed at reduction of recidivism. When the programming workshops commenced, the final Master Plan proposed a closed campus design solution.

The site has been master planned to accommodate an additional expansion, including a 768-bed minimum-medium custody adult unit, two additional 168-bed maximum custody adult units that will provide an additional 336 maximum custody beds and two 24-bed juvenile detention housing units. If all of the planned build-out occurs in accordance with the master plan, the complex will provide 2,680 adult beds and 120 juvenile beds and all required support services.

DLZ provided complete architectural, engineering, site, landscape architecture, and construction administration services for Phase I and IV of the Master Plan. Phases II and III are not constructed.

Project Features

  • 415,890 square foot correctional complex
  • 1,660 inmate capacity
  • Closed campus design